Altered Art Canvas

Making altered art is not only fun, it’s easy!  With a few simple supplies and a little imagination, you can make an original piece of art.  This particular piece has a bit of a steampunk feel to it…but honestly, when it comes to altered art, anything goes, my friend.

Altered Art Canvas | @theresacifaliTo make your own piece of altered art…go grab something for the base.  It can be a canvas, an old book, a piece of paper, etc.  Grab some inks, paper, ephemera, adhesive and anything else that you feel like adding.  Then get to work!

If you’d like to know how to make THIS particular piece….those directions are right below.  Happy Crafting!


  • ImpressArt Metal Letter Sets, Newsprint, Bridgette, lowercase
  • ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
  • ImpressArt Nylon Hammer (optional)
  • ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
  • ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
  • ImpressArt Metal Blanks, tag, rectangle, 5/8”
  • Stretched canvas, 6” x 6”
  • Copper tape
  • Tim Holtz, Idea-Ology, Sprocket Gears, Game Spinners and Pocket Watch
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • iLoveToCreate Liquid Fusion
  • Fibers or ribbon, coordinating colors
  • Vintage dictionary pages
  • Scrapbook papers, collage style prints
  • Assorted letters, ie. mini scrabble tiles, old typewriter keys, stickers, (you can also make your own metal stamped letter embellishments)
  • Assorted natural fibers, raffia, hemp, etc.
  • Twill ribbon, 3/4”, light brown
  • Crystals, brown, natural
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Q-tips
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Rubber band, thick

Directions for Pocket Watch:
1. Place the ImpressArt rectangular tag blank onto the steel stamping block and secure with stamp straight tape.

2. Stamp the word “believe” with Bridgette.

3. Smoosh some black acrylic paint into the impression and wipe off the excess with a small piece of paper towel.

4. Tie a piece of hemp or other fiber to the ring of the tag.

5. Next, remove the back panel of the pocket watch.  Set the glass top aside.

6. Cut or tear scrapbook paper and collage it inside the back panel of the pocket watch with Liquid Fusion.  Then, layer sprockets and spinners to add dimension and height.  Add crystals.

Tip: To attach small metal embellishments and crystals, dip a toothpick into the glue and then use that to add glue to the embellishment.  It will give you more control over the amount of glue you use so that there isn’t too much seeping out underneath when you attach it to your project.  It also helps to prevent waste.

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7. Use a small bit of Liquid Fusion to attach the “believe” charm to the top sprocket.  Set this aside to dry completely.

8. Once the glue is completely dry, replace the glass cover and add some raffia and hemp through the ring of the pocket watch.  Set aside.

Altered Art Canvas | @theresacifali

Quote for Canvas:

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” -Thomas J. Watson

Directions for Canvas:
1. Tear pieces of the dictionary pages and the scrapbook papers.  Glue them to the top of the canvas with Fast Grab Tacky Glue so that the paper over hangs the edge of the canvas.  Use a foam brush to create an even layer of glue.

2. Continue to layer the torn papers until you have a look you desire.  Let the glue dry.

3. Once the glue has dried, trim the edges to leave about a 1/2-inch over hang.  Cut the corners at an angle.

4. Add some Fast Grab Tacky Glue to the side edges of the canvas and press the paper edges down.  Secure the paper by stretching a thick rubber band around the outside edge.  Let the glue dry completely before removing the rubber band.

5. Once the glue has dried, remove the rubber band.  Use the Fast Grab Tacky Glue to add the 3/4-inch twill ribbon along the outside edge of the canvas.

6. Then, cut a few strands of the fibers, wrap them around the outside edge over the twill ribbon and tie a knot at the top right corner.  For added security, squeeze a small amount of Fast Grab Tacky Glue under the knot.  Let dry.

7. Next, attach the copper tape to the steel block with a piece of stamp straight tape.

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8. Stamp the phrases: “is the power”, “to put our”, “and our”, “to the proper use” and “-thomas j watson” into the copper tape being sure to leave about 1/2-inches of space between each phrase.

Note: Copper tape is much thinner than the metal blanks, so do not use too much force when stamping the letters.  A light tap should do.  Pressing the stamps into the tape will not leave a deep enough impression.

9. Smoosh some black acrylic paint into the impression and wipe away the excess with a piece of paper towel.

10. Next, select an assortment of letter tiles or stickers for the words “wisdom”, “time” and “knowledge”.  Arrange the words on the canvas, but do not glue them down yet.

11. Without removing the paper backing, place the stamped phrases in the appropriate order between the letter tile words.

12. Make sure you leave enough room for the pocket watch in the lower left corner of the canvas.

13. Once you have the arrangement you like, attach the letters with Liquid Fusion.  Then, remove the paper from the back of the copper tape phrases and stick them to the canvas as well.

14. Attach the pocket watch to the bottom left corner of the canvas with Liquid Fusion.

15. Finally, attach some of the sprockets along the bottom of the canvas to the right of the pocket watch.

16. Let this dry completely.

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That’s it!  You can display this beautiful piece of altered art on an easel or hang it on the wall.

Artfully yours………Theresa

20 Responses to Altered Art Canvas

  1. WOW! It is so beautiful! Hats off to you, Theresa! :) What you do is definitely a talent! I had a challenge sewing a button on my jacket! LOL! I enjoy the pics of your projects! Fabulous!
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  2. Beautiful artwork, I love all the details!

  3. Cyn says:

    Love this! Just my style!
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  4. Tatiana says:

    This is an awesome piece and the directions are great!

  5. Corri Garza says:

    Wow! This is amazing! I love it!
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  6. I love how you incorporate so many different materials to create your beautiful style!

  7. carolina says:

    Very inspiration and full of learning for the newbie artists like me. Thanks for sharing. Indirectly you are influencing people to art and making new artists.

  8. Love your altered canvas, Theresa. All the details are so cool.
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  9. I positively love this!!!!!!

  10. Awesome Tutorial! Love this antique style…I pretty much love Altered Anything:)

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